Friday, October 07, 2005

New Beer!

I'm brewing a new beer as I type this. It will be an American Hefeweizen, similar to Bell's Oberon, but spiced with lemon grass and tamarinds. Sort of a Thai/American Hefeweizen, if you will.
The grain bill is simple:

14 Lbs. Breiss 2 row pale malt
9 Lbs. Weyerman's Wheat malt
4 oz. Saaz hops (60 minutes)
1 oz. Saaz hops (20 minutes)

Yeast is White Labs American Hefeweizen yeast

Dough-in at 151 F, 60 minute mash
60 minute boil
Primary one week in glass
Secondary 2 weeks in glass

This beer is a slight variation on the beer that won second place in the light hybrid category at the Michigan State Fair this summer. This one should be a bit stronger in alcohol content and spiced differently. I am still trying to think of a name for it, so any recommendations are welcome!

I am trying a two stage batch sparge this time with my Scmiddling easymasher, attached by bulkhead fitting to a converted Budweiser keg. I will wait ten minutes before running the second batch sparge stage for better conversion. New technique!

Stay tuned for some musings on the state of the world as it compares to the year of my birth, 1957. I plan an article to discuss these many differences and similarities real soon!

10 comments:

Libby Gone™ said...

Awesome Beerme,
What a cool hobby.
Names?
Merle Oberon? after the actress.
Michigan State Rules?
Heiny Kicking?( higher alcohol)
I could go on....

Libby Gone™ said...

Speaking of hobbies and 1957,
That year is considered as Lionels best for quality and quantity in all catagories. They were marketing O-scale, HO-scale, Slot cars, Fishing gear, Record Players, Chemistry sets, etc, etc.
After that they steadily declined.

Beerme said...

Libby Gone™,

Keep 'em comin'! I am about ready to write the article concerning 1957. Not being a model train fancier, I wasn't aware of Lionel's big year, but I can say that Beerme's fortunes paralleled those of Lionel...

Kajun said...

kajun drank his first homebrewed beer in 1957 (brewed by someone with a German name).

SGT USMC 1ea said...

Thai American Hefeweizen

Maybe......Thorazine?

Beerme said...

Thorazine, Thorazine, hmmm...
Might get sued with that one. Might gain a whole new clientelle, though!

Beerme said...

kajun,

It wasn't Busch was it?

Kajun said...

Moritz

Kajun said...

When do we get the receipe for firkins?

Beerme said...

kajun,

Leave some little pickles in the jar long enough until they grow some fur, and voila!